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Sheriff's Office Identifies Drivers in Fatal Crash

on November 21, 2012 - 10:01pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Dawald at the scene of today's fatal crash on N.M. 4. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Carol A. Clark

Capt. Adan Mendoza of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office this evening released the names of the drivers involved in today's fatal head-on collision on N.M. 4.

Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of White Rock was driving a 4-door Honda sedan with a 13-year-old female passenger and a 14-year-old male passenger inside, he said.

The male passenger died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Mendoza explained that his office does not

N.M. 4 at White Rock 'Y' Now Open

on November 21, 2012 - 8:27pm

N.M. 4 near White Rock "y" now open. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Police have reopened N.M. 4 near the White Rock “Y” following today's two-car crash in which a Los Alamos teenage boy died.

Both drivers and a passenger were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with injuries, according to police.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster told the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon that a small four-door sedan collided head on with a red Toyota pickup near the sweeping turn just west of the White Rock "Y" on N.M. 4.

Foster said the pickup rolled over and it

Breaking News: Accident with Fatality Near White Rock ‘Y’

on November 21, 2012 - 3:08pm

Updated 6:30 p.m.

From the scene of the two car accident. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

N.M. 4 near the White Rock “Y” is closed due to a two car accident. Police report that a teen has died. An adult female driving one vehicle, a passenger and the male driver of the second vehicle have all been transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with injuries, according to police.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster told the Los Alamos Daily Post that a small four door sedan collided head on with a red Toyota pickup near the sweeping turn just west of the White Rock

Public Comment Sought on Las Conchas Reforestation Project

on November 21, 2012 - 11:32am

SFNF News:


The public is being invited to comment on a proposal to reforest approximately 1,800 to 2,510 acres of national forest system lands that were burned during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire on the Jemez and Española Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest.


The purpose of this project is to reestablish forest cover to areas severely damaged by the Las Conchas fire.


This spring, approximately 425,000 ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings will be planted on 1,800 to 2,510 acres of land within the Las Conchas Fire perimeter located in the Jemez Mountains west and


Christmas Tree Sales Begin at Valles Caldera

on November 21, 2012 - 11:31am

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Beginning this Friday, Nov. 23, and every weekend through Dec. 23, the Valles Caldera will sell pre-cut Christmas trees for $20 each while supplies last.

Trees will be sold from the Valle Grande Staging Area, which is open 9.a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Valle Grande Staging Area is accessible through the Valles Caldera National Preserve's main gate, which is located at mile marker 39.2 along N.M. 4.

Proceed through the main gate and down the road approximately two miles to the Valle Grande staging area.

There is no entrance fee to visit the staging


Money IQ: ‘Tis the Season

on November 21, 2012 - 10:21am
Money IQ
By Melissa Romero

‘Tis the Season

We all know that the holiday season is a time for giving but for many thieves and criminals, it’s a time for taking and it’s your money that they’re after.

Every year, more and more people fall victim to identity theft, fraud and phishing schemes.

This week’s edition of Money IQ will help you better understand what you can do to ensure that you and your money are safe.

During the holidays we tend to get so busy with our preparations we sometimes let our guard down, especially financially.

Not closely monitoring our accounts, making large

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 21

on November 21, 2012 - 10:13am

This week's preview sponsored by

Community Turkey Meal 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion 1325 Trinity Drive. The meal is a free, but donations are accepted.

Turkey Day Town Tour 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22
Pajarito Complex (starting/ending point) 3400 Arizona Ave. Work up an appetite for the traditional holiday feast with this free, fun, no-commitment, low-stress, pre-feast mountain bike ride for all ages and abilities. The ride will use local trails. Participants can ride as much or as little as they like as there are plenty of bailout points along the way.

SFI's Science On Screen Series: Raiders of the Lost Ark

on November 21, 2012 - 10:11am

Photo: George J. Gumerman

SFI News:

Science On Screen

Raiders of the Lost Ark will be presented by George J. Gumerman, Senior Scholar, School for Advanced Research and External Professor, Santa Fe Institute at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 21 at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

Thirty years after its premiere, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning tale of archaeological derring-do remains one of cinema’s most thrilling and rugged film adventures.

Archaeologist and SFI External Professor George Gumerman shares real-life tales of risk and reward on his journey of

Paint Truck Wreckage Removal Underway at Bandelier

on November 21, 2012 - 10:01am

Bandelier begins removing paint truck wreckage. Courtesy/BNM


The National Park Service and a construction company began removing the wreckage materials from a vehicle accident resulting in spilled paint within Bandelier’s boundary.

Crews began work last Friday and are expected to continue into this week. At this time, staff does not anticipate a road closure during removal operations.

The accident occurred on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 18, when a tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on N.M.

Village Arts Unveils Christmas Window

on November 21, 2012 - 9:44am

Diana Norwood of Yours Truly Dianas, 208 DP Road Ste. B, recently designed a Christmas scene in the window of Village Arts, 216 DP Road with the creativity to rival Macy's Department Store. The community is invited to stop by to view and photograph the Christmas scene. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC



Man Who Shot Crop Duster Plane Pleads Guilty

on November 21, 2012 - 8:47am

Crop duster plane. Courtesy photo

FBI News:

Weilding a Ruger Number One 25-06 caliber single shot rifle with a Redfield scope, James R. Cate, 68, shot a crop duster plane as it flew over a field neighboring his land near Talpa, Texas dusting crops last February.

Before he actually shot the aircraft, Cate fired three rounds from the rifle into the air, according to documents filed in the case.

Cate admits that he threatened the aircraft to frighten the pilot away from his crops.

The last round that Cate fired hit the propeller of the aircraft, penetrated the engine cowling traveling

Scientists Chart Emergence of High-Temperature Superconductivity

on November 21, 2012 - 8:28am

Brookhaven Lab physicist Ivan Bozovic with the molecular beam epitaxy system he uses to engineer atomically precise superconducting materials. Courtesy/BL

BL News:

  • New study reveals unexpected disappearance of superconducting fluctuations at super-cold temperatures

UPTON, NY – The next generation of sustainable energy systems, from magnetic storage to offshore wind turbines, hinges in part on high-temperature superconductors (HTS), which can carry current with zero loss and perfect efficiency.

Unfortunately, that loss-free behavior comes at the cost of extreme and inefficient cooling,

'UNM-LA on Display' Gives Glimpse Into Student Projects

on November 21, 2012 - 8:14am

UNM-LA Advance Robotics II student Josh Bristol-Cossey works on a robot he built in class. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

During UNM-LA on Display: Spotlighting Student Projects, more than 20 students from the visual arts, humanities, business, science and technology, presented projects on what they learned in their classes this semester.

Jackie La New, Accelerate Career Technical Advisor at UNM-LA and Dr. Irina Alvestad, chair of the Applied Sciences Department organized the event.

“We wanted to share what our students are learning with the community,” La New said.


Los Alamos Police Increase Patrols For Holidays

on November 21, 2012 - 7:33am

A local police officer patrols the streets of Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

An increased number of Los Alamos police officers will be out in force patrolling the streets of Los Alamos County beginning today and continuing throughout the holidays.  

Police will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They encourage resident to immediately report drivers suspected of being under the influence to 662-8222.

The officers also will be watching for anyone attempting to burglarize vehicles, businesses or homes in the area.

Additional bike

Udall Presents Medals to Navajo WW II Veteran

on November 21, 2012 - 7:25am

At a ceremony held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, Sen. Tom Udall presents Navajo veteran Wilson Halona five medals of recognition for his service to the United States Army during World War II. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE – At a ceremony held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., presented veteran Wilson Halona five medals of recognition for his service to the United States Army during World War II.
"Wilson Halona's service is a wonderful example of heroism and duty," Udall said.

Miracle Kitten Survives Sub-freezing Temperatures

on November 21, 2012 - 7:20am
Milly survived sub-freezing temperatures. Courtesy/FOS
By Sally Wilkins
President of Friends of the Shelter

On a recent cold Sunday afternoon with temperatures sliding to sub-freezing for the night, a small kitten was found at the Los Alamos land fill.

The good Samaritans brought the nearly dead kitten to the police department. Friends of the Shelter volunteers were contacted, and the kitten was transported to the Emergency Clinic in Santa Fe.

Diann Mills drove and Mary Timmers held the nearly frozen kitten next to her body trying to keep it warm.

Bradbury Director, LAPS Superintendent to Speak at Kiwanis

on November 21, 2012 - 7:15am


Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage Street, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road.

Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts, or weather.


Nov. 27: Committee Meetings.

Dec. 4: Linda Deck, director of the Bradbury Science Museum, will speak on the current displays at the museum.

Dec. 11: Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt will speak on the upcoming LAPS mail-in bond election, scheduled in January.

Dec. 18: Committee Meetings.

Dec. 25: Christmas Day!


LASO's Kevin Smith Gets New Assignment

on November 20, 2012 - 12:24pm


Washington, D.C. – The Office of Environmental Management (EM) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today jointly announced two key personnel changes that will bring significant leadership and project management experience to both organizations.

Scott Samuelson, Manager of the Office of River Protection (ORP), will be leaving EM in January to return to NNSA, where he previously worked from the date it was formed in 2000. With Samuelson’s departure, Kevin Smith, Manager of NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO), will become the ORP Manager.

“Scott and Kevin are

Generosity at Speakeasy Soiree Benefits United Way

on November 20, 2012 - 12:23pm

The Los Alamos National Bank sponsored fundraiser for United Way of Northern New Mexico filled the Dixie Girl Restaurant Friday night. From left, Cathe McClard, Vice President of Human Resources at Los Alamos National Bank, LANB Senior Vice President/auctioneer Jill Cook and LANB Administrative Officer Danette Clark keep the excitement flowing during the live auction portion of Friday's Speakeasy Soiree fundraiser, in which 100 percent of the proceeds will go to United Way of Northern New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Adding 1920's flair to the glitz and glamour of Friday's

Pinon Elementary Students Exceed Hurricane Sandy Fundraising Goal

on November 20, 2012 - 12:22pm

Pinon Elementary School students presented a check for $2301.14, which more than doubled the $1,000 goal they originally set to aid Hurricane Sandy victims, to New Mexico Red Cross CEO Rahim Balsara at the school Monday. Pinon Elementary Principal Jill Gonzales poses with Rahim and students including Hailey Norman, Jonathan Kieltyka, Maya Cannon, Katurah Sherrill, Rachel Norman, Kenneth Inbody, Brooklyn Belyeu and Kaya Blue. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Research and Leadership Prizes Awarded

on November 20, 2012 - 9:16am

  • Garzon, Batista and Beyerlein noted for exemplary research

Commendations for exemplary scientific research and leadership have been bestowed upon three Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers, Fernando Garzon, Cristian Batista and Irene Beyerlein, by the Laboratory Fellows organization.

Leadership Prize – Fernando Garzon

Over the course of a 20-year career at LANL, Fernando Garzon’s efforts in the development of electrochemical sensors have become recognized world-wide, and have received sustained support through a multi-million dollar program from DOE’s Energy Efficiency and

Los Alamos County Eco Station Closed

on November 20, 2012 - 8:16am


The Eco Station, also known as the County landfill, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.

The Overlook Convenience Center located in White Rock also will be closed.


Artists Join Karen Wray for Ribbon Cutting

on November 20, 2012 - 7:37am

Owner Karen Wray is joined by several artists Friday evening as she cuts the ribbon on her new location for Karen Wray Fine Art, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125. From left, metal sculptor Richard Swenson, David Horpedahl, Wray, watercolor artist Secundino Sandoval, watercolor artist Ruth Tatter, metal sculptor David A. Trujillo and oil painting artist Sheridan Brown. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Julie Collins and David Trujillo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members filled Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery for its grand opening celebration Friday evening.

Food on the Hill: Pumpkin Mousse in a Chocolate Cup

on November 20, 2012 - 7:35am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Pumpkin Mousse in a Chocolate Cup
Photo by Sue York/
  • 1 Container of melting candy chocolate (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • Paper muffin cups
  • 1 brush to paint chocolate
  • 1 (15oz) pumpkin
  • 1 pkg. (6oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups cool whip

Photo by Sue York/
Melt chocolate according to directions. “Paint” a layer of chocolate on the inside of the paper cup. I used a little fancier cups, but plain ones work just as well.
When you are done with the first layer of chocolate, put each cup

Los Alamos Geological Society to Feature Kirt Kempter

on November 20, 2012 - 7:30am

Geologist Kirt Kempter

LAGS News:

The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, Los Alamos.

The featured speaker is Kirt Kempter, a field geologist, photographer and teacher based in Santa Fe. 

A Fulbright Fellow, Kempter has led many geologic expeditions to Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks, and has published numerous maps and articles on the geology of the American Southwest.

He received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas.


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